KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Afghan Special Forces have killed two children as many militants and wounded 15 civilians including women in the Sperai district of southeastern Khost province, an official said on Tuesday.
Mohammad Azem, the town’s administrative chief told Pajhwok Afghan News, Afghan forces conducted a raid on the outskirts of the district against insurgents.
He did not provide further information about the overnight raid, but said the purpose of the operation was militants.
A government official who wished anonymity confirmed the Special Forces raid, but did not give more details.
At least 1,601 civilian have been killed and 3,565 others injured in the first half of the current year, showing a record surge of four percent compared to the corresponding period in 2015, according to the UN.
Since 2009, 5,166 civilians have been killed or maimed in just the first six months of this year, almost one-third of them children. The total civilian casualty figures recorded between January 2009 and June 30, 2016 have risen to 22,941 deaths and 40,993 injured.
In its latest report, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said this year’s casualties included 1,509 children (388 dead and 1,121 injured) — the highest numbers of children killed or wounded in a six-month period since 2009.